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MONDAY, AUG. 14, 2006, 9 A.M.

Paulos: New Gang Of Four Impeding My Boss

Rumor has it that a special executive committee of the Coeur d'Alene City Council is considering a special meeting prior to each regular meeting to study photo albums of the city in the period between 1910 and the time the first French traders visited the area. Aim of the committee is to kill ideas to the council by businessmen, especially successful ones. In an early session, the select committee was examining photos of horse-drawn, firefighting equipment and calculating the savings by eliminating the need for gasoline for today's trucks. The now fire stations? Perfect for storing hay. Between fire runs, the Parks and Recreation Department could let the horses graze on the city's ball fields, eliminating the need for expensive mowing machines and fuel to run them. ... Committee members are Mayor Sandi Bloem, Councilmen Ron Edinger and Al Hassel, both former mayors, and newcomer Mike Kennedy. The group evidently drew courage from their successful two-foot battle with a spectacular development plan for Blackwell Island.

For the rest of Bob Paulos' Sunday column in Duane Hagadone's Coeur d'Alene Press, click here.

DFO: I'm trying to imagine the scenario in which SR Editor Steve Smith would allow this drivel in our newspaper. Strain. Grunt. Can't do it. No way we'd allow something this self-serving -- and poorly satired -- to defile our pages. In the old days, The Duane would run a full-page house ad denouncing those who opposed him. Now, he's relying on Paulos (or a ghost writer for Paulos) to defend his projects? My have the mighty fallen.

Question: Is this column fit to line a bird cage?

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D.F. Oliveria started Huckleberries Online on Feb. 16, 2004. Oliveria's Sunday print Huckleberries is a past winner of the national Herb Caen Memorial Column contest.